If you are a Senior Polar Guide and you want to become a PTGA Assessor please read the POE requirements below or contact us for course dates. Observing an established Assessor is a good development option. Assessors need to be highly competent polar guides with a rich history of experience and expertise to pass on to others and temperament to be able to teach and coach, listen and observe. The PTGA Technical Sub Committee oversees the selection of Assessor candidates through a POE that proves the requirements below.



  • >200 days experience (beyond the days required for initial PQs) in polar regions using the skill sets outlined in the PQs you plan to assess against.
  • Direct experience and skills to be able to assess in 4 or more PQs.
  • Evidence of ability to work at or above the highest PQ level you will be assessing against. Evidence can be from other regions or associated industries but must include:
    • Logged time.
    • Attestation from two peers in the associated industry, one of whom must be an EL, Senior Polar Guide or Assessor.
  • From here an Assessor candidate can attend a PTGA Assessors Course focussed on specific Assessor skills and they will leave being able to:
    • Set assessment tasks and measure competencies
    • Teach coach and manage the assessment and feedback processes
    • explain and define 'collection of evidence'
    • strategically use ‘range’ statements and contingent questioning
    • explain and use the grievance and appeal processes
    • file the reporting requirements to PTGA administration
    • use the PTGA Incident and Near Miss reporting system


  1. Senior Assessors are able to offer assessments anywhere they are and are able to run Assessor Training Courses.
  2. Assessors have completed all Provisional Requirements required by the PTGA and are able to assess candidates within their licensed scope.
  3. Provisional Assessors are guides who have attended a PTGA Assessor Training course and have a number of additional developmental requirements to achieve over a period of time. Provisional Assessors are allowed to assess candidates within their licensed scope.
  4. Assessment Advisors are specialist experts who may work with PTGA Assessors or candidates who have expertise in some part of the assessment process but are not polar guides or status Assessors.


Anyone who has achieved Polar Guide or Senior Polar Guide status is required to revalidate their award every 3rd year. Guides need to submit a POE of logged time and currency and attestation from any PTGA Guide or Assessor senior to them that they are current in their PQs.


Assessor status and relevant PQs are automatically revalidated if you have:

  • Been actively assessing in the last 12 months.
  • If the company you work for has an MOU under the Company and Workplace Model and therefore has a moderation process and PTGA Senior Assessor visits and observes.
  • Attend a PTGA Assessors training course.

Any Assessor who has not assessed in the last three years is required to either observe another Assessor or attend an Assessors Training Course to ensure they are aware of, and using the latest models and administrative procedures.


Any public domain programs we run will be advertised through this area. Currently we have no public domain courses offered. Stay tuned for a PTGA Assessors Accreditation program.